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BROCHURE DRAFT #2

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 02:49:00 -0500
Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19990226024900.00bd68d0@localhost>
To: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
Brochure Draft #2, for EOWG discussion

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[w3c logo] World Wide Web Consortium
Web Accessibility Initiative

"The power of the Web is in its universality.  Access by everyone
regardless of disability is an essential aspect." 
 	-- Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and Inventor of the World Wide Web

WWW.W3.ORG/WAI [large, w/ graphics treatment]

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W3C Web Accessibility Initiative

The Web is a vital resource for many of life's activities. News, education,
employment, government, commerce, recreation -- people with disabilities
need access to all these areas. 

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international, vendor-neutral
consortium promoting the interoperability and evolution of the Web. The Web
Accessibility Initiative (WAI) addresses accessibility requirements of
people with visual, hearing, physical and cognitive disabilities. 

WAI works in partnership with industry, disability organizations, research
centers and governments in the following areas: 

*  Technology
*  Guidelines
*  Tools
*  Education
*  Research

Many Web accessibility solutions emphasize redundant modalities, for
instance ensuring that information can be accessed by either vision or
hearing; or that someone can enter information either by keyboard or mouse.
Therefore accessibility solutions also benefit users of a variety of Web
devices -- mobile phones, palm-tops, kiosks; and users in a variety of
situations -- low bandwidth connections, noisy environments, eyes-busy
activities such as driving.

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Quick tips to make accessible Web sites

- Images & animations. Use the alt attribute to describe the function of
all visuals.
- Image maps. Use client-side MAP and text for hotspots.
- Multimedia. Provide captioning and transcripts of audio, descriptions of
video, and accessible versions in case inaccessible formats are used.
- Hypertext links. Use text that makes sense when read out of context. For
instance, do not use "click here."
- Page organization. Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. Use CSS
for layout and style where possible.
- Graphs & charts. Summarize or use the longdesc attribute.
- Scripts, applets, & plug-ins. Provide alternative content in case active
features are inaccessible or unsupported.
- Frames. Label with unique title or name attribute.
- Tables. Make line by line reading sensible. Summarize. Avoid using tables
for column layout.
- Check your work. Validate the HTML. Use evaluation tools and text-only
browsers to verify accessibility.
 
For complete guidelines & checklist: http://www.w3.org/WAI

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WAI RESOURCES

WWW.W3.ORG/WAI/RESOURCES
      	
Guidelines:
 	Web Content Accessibility
  	User Agent Accessibility
  	Authoring Tool Accessibility
Reference:
	Technical
	Policy
Demonstration:
	Alternative Browsers
	Accessible Sites
Curriculum:
	Presentation Materials
	On-line Instruction
Tools:
	Evaluation Tools
	Proxies
Networking:
	Related Projects

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TAKE ACTION

* check your Web sites
* check your tools
* link to WAI
* promote Web accessibility
* participate in WAI groups
* sponsor Web accessibility efforts

WAI GROUPS
[NB in this section I use CAPS to represent bold or styled text]

WAI operates a variety of interest groups and working groups:

* WAI INTEREST GROUP for general discussion forum on WAI work
* three GUIDELINES WORKING GROUPS
* a TOOLS Interest Group and Working Group
* an EDUCATION & OUTREACH Working Group
* a TECHNICAL Review Working Group

Information on how to join groups is available at www.w3.org/WAI.

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_________________________________________________________________________
Judy Brewer    jbrewer@w3.org    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) International Program Office
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

WAI Education & Outreach home page: http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO
WAI EO Charter: http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/charter
EO Deliverables listing: http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/EO-Deliverables
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